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Made In USA Furniture Takes a Hit

By Rich Christianson Posted: 01/28/2014 4:27PM

The Made-in-America furniture movement suffered a setback last month when Heritage Home Group announced it would close two Thomasville factories and a Lane factory effective March 21, putting more than 560 people out of work.

Steelcase Pyramid Can Be Had for $19.5 Million

By Rich Christianson Posted: 11/11/2013 10:44AM

Steelcase Inc.'s iconic pyramid building is on the market for the drastically reduced price of $19.5 million. That's a far cry from the $111 million that Steelcase spent to build its former corporate headquarters and research facility, which opened in 1989.

Woodworking Network Sets Records: Cardell, Furniture Brands News

By Rich Christianson Posted: 10/03/2013 1:20PM

September 10 is a day that will go down in Woodworking Network infamy. It was the first day WWN issued not one, but two breaking news alerts: Cardell Cabinetry Out of Business and Furniture Brands Files for Bankruptcy.

China Plywood Wars: Unfair Prices or Unjust Barriers?

By Rich Christianson Posted: 09/04/2013 8:21PM

One of the news sagas we are tracking is the antidumping investigation being pursued by the International Trade Commission (ITC) against hardwood plywood imported from China.

AWFS Fair Upbeat: WMS 2013 Up Next

By Rich Christianson Posted: 08/07/2013 1:35PM

AWFS was a hit with the many thousands of professional woodworkers and suppliers who attended. Next up is the Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo (WMS), Canada’s largest woodworking event.

WoodworkingNetwork.com Re-Launch: What Do You Think?

By Rich Christianson Posted: 07/21/2013 12:58PM

WoodworkingNetwork.com re-launched June 10, a mere 30 months after the previous version of WWN debuted.

IKEA 2012: Profitable Year; Plenty of Saga

By Rich Christianson Posted: 03/15/2013 11:49AM

IKEA's worldwide sales increased by 9.5% to $4.2 billion for its fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012. But improved revenues hardly begin to tell IKEA's story - or better yet - saga of 2012.

Cabinets & Closets Expo Earns High Praise

By RIch Christianson Posted: 03/08/2013 11:50AM

I can go on and on about how great it felt to be one of the organizers of this awesome event. But why take my word for it when you can read the comments of exuberant exhibitors and attendees who participated at the 2013 Cabinets & Closets Conference last week in Edison, NJ.

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